To Top

Healthy Social Media Use

Social media presence has increased for decades, remaining incredibly prevalent in everyday life. Cultivate healthy habits by learning about the effects of social media.

Healthy social media use is crucial, as its presence has rapidly increased over decades. Although it provides various benefits in regard communication and raising awareness, social media is also extremely harmful. Thus, it is essential to understand the downsides of social media.

Social media typically consists of scrolling through photos and engaging with other users, which can seem harmless. However, users often make upward social comparisons, which refer to evaluating oneself based on others. This behavior often develops when we perceive another user as being superior to us. People tend to evaluate others as either more attractive, fun, happy, or social than themselves; however, this is simply based on their impression of a photo.

 It is important to recognize that infinite editing applications exist, which users often use to cover blemishes, whiten teeth, and alter body shape. These apps can distort perceptions of reality and cause individuals to feel inadequate about their physical appearance, which is linked to depression and low self-esteem. 

 Social media is often a platform where users share highlights from their lives. We often forget that these highlights are never fully representative of anyone. Everyone can be selective in what they post, and most users only choose photos that reflect the happy, positive, attractive moments of life. Recognizing social media is not reflective of reality is thus essential to our wellbeing.

Social media users often develop anxiety disorders, which arise from  the need to constantly be connected. It it important to note that both anxiety and social media presence have surged within the last decade. Thus, this connection is far from unexpected. In addition, Researchers at Michigan State University found that social media can actually be addictive. In fact, high-frequency users tend to display the same behaviors and feelings that manifest in drug addicts.  

We all know the feeling of going on social media, tuning out, and mindlessly scrolling through our feed. This is passive social media. Research shows that passive social media is substantially more harmful than active social media. It is through this behavior that we are likely to make upward social comparisons. In addition, passive social media is linked to both lower of self-esteem and self-evaluations. Consciously set intentions before going on social media to hold yourself accountable. 

 If you find yourself often engaging in passive social media, consider modifying your social media habits. A great first step is to set times during the day to disconnect from social media. Tell a friend about your plan so that you can be held accountable. Disconnecting from social media improves overall quality of life, interpersonal communications, and sleep quality. Detaching ourselves from social media from time to time gives us the chance to enjoy life with fewer distractions and anxieties.

Featured Image by Josh Rose on Unsplash.

Free to use, no attribution required.

Title Image Source

Sign Up For Our Newsletter

1 Comment

  1. Avatar

    Gordon Buckley

    August 12, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    Love this and couldn’t agree more. I found myself wasting less time throughout the day once I quite, but it wasn’t easy. I found myself going to the spot where I used to have the app and it took some time for me to adjust. I think the comparison to drugs is spot on, nice article.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in Be Informed

  • How to Manage Perfectionism

    Perfectionism can be extremely harmful as well as difficult to manage. Luckily there are ways to cope and improve your mental...

    Lydia SchapiroSeptember 24, 2020
  • Naomi Osaka Advocates for Racial Justice

    Learn about how star tennis player, Naomi Osaka, shows her social activism and support to racial justice on the court.

    Lydia SchapiroSeptember 16, 2020
  • Sustainability at Home

    Cultivating sustainability in the home is easier than you think! Learn about the easy ways to make your home more eco-friendly....

    Lydia SchapiroAugust 27, 2020
  • How Will College Change in the Fall?

    Keep reading to learn about the question marks surrounding the coming semester.

    Lydia SchapiroAugust 26, 2020
  • Egypt Making Strides Toward Equality

    Egypt took a step further in the direction of women’s rights a few days ago, approving a law that would protect...

    Kalyn WomackAugust 21, 2020
  • Black Mothers: The Risk of Giving Birth

    Serena Williams was not the first black woman to be ignored by her doctor post-partum. Black mothers consistently balance the joy...

    Kalyn WomackAugust 14, 2020
  • No More Bumps: 5 Steps to Smooth Skin

    Ladies, it’s hard to feel nice and smooth after shaving when ingrown hairs and bumps immediately take the spotlight. However, not...

    Kalyn WomackAugust 13, 2020
  • No Woman was Surprised by What Happened to AOC

    A few weeks ago, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was insulted by Representative Ted Yoho being called a “f—ing bitch” and “dangerous.” Afterwards,...

    Kalyn WomackAugust 12, 2020
  • The Meaning Behind #ChallengeAccepted

    Recently, a trend has surfaced on Instagram where women nominate one another privately to post a black and white picture of...

    Kalyn WomackAugust 11, 2020
  • Why Anti-feminism can be Fatal

    Recently, New Jersey Federal Judge Esther Salas and her family were attacked resulting in the loss of her son and injury...

    Kalyn WomackAugust 7, 2020